Online Extravaganza is Coming!

Stam[in' Up! Online Extravaganza begins Nov 23, 2015

Get ready, get set, Go! Shopping that is! Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza begins Monday with one of two 24hr flash sales. Items on the flash sale sell out quickly so have those fingers poised on your keyboard at the stroke of midnight Mountain time so you get what you want. All items on this sale are as long as quantities last so check out the link below and then waste no time placing your order through my online store. It is important to notice that there is one 24 hr flash sale this coming Monday and a different one on Monday, November 30.


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I am also offering a sale on gift certificates next week, Nov 23 -30. You can purchase any number of $25 gift certificates from me for just $20 each. These make wonderful Christmas or birthday presents for the crafters you know! Contact me to place your order. This is a promotion exclusive to me, The Soggy Stamper, and not available through my online store.

Today Is Last Day for 15% Off Sale

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Today is the last day for you to take advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s 15% Off Sale. Go straight to jail my online store do not pass Go! Remember to keep track of your purchases of $50 or more to earn $45 of product from me for FREE! Read more about this offer and download your tracking form here.


Advent tree created with tiny treat boxes

I still have a couple kits left for this darling advent tree. The price of $35 includes all you need to create the tree except for adhesive, scissors, and a paper cutter. Shipping is free. Order now and you will be all set for the beginning of December.

Sale! Sale! Sale!

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It is not often that Satmpin’ Up! puts ALL their stamps on sale so you need to take advantage of this sale right now! This week only all stamps are 15% off. Here are some things to know:

  • You can order as many stamp sets as you want. There is no limit. So go ahead and order your Christmas stamps, Birthday stamps, Thank you stamps, and the stamps for Project Life. Then you will be all set when those occasions come up. (You should be starting your Christmas cards now anyway).
  • Bundles are already 15% off so they are not included in the sale.
  • You can order just the stamp set that is part of a bundle and it is on sale.
  • You can place your order through my online store or email me the order and I can place it for you.
  • Keep track of your online order with my Customer Appreciation Program and earn $45 in free product from me.

Remember that hostesses with a $300 workshop gets an additional 3%. Gather some orders from your friends…this is called a virtual workshop…email them to me and I can place the order for you or just order $300 yourself and you’ll get the extra 3% hostess benefits.

Gentle Peace Christmas Card

Handmade Christmas Card using Gentle Peace stamp set

Last Christmas, Jan Tinklenberg created a card using this Gentle Peace stamp set and mounted the image on glitter paper after stamping it and coloring it on a window sheet. I knew then that I needed Gentle Peace and this technique for our Christmas cards this year. I have been saving the stamp set all year and finally put ink to it.

One of the best features of Stampin’ Up! products is that they work together so well. This card is a prime example of this. Since the image is a stained glass window, I stamped it onto a window sheet with Black Stazon ink. (I later experimented and the new Basic Black ink also works well on window sheets.) Then I colored the back side with my retired Blendabilities and mounted it onto Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper with Fast Fuze. Finally, I trimmed both layers.

Since this is a church window with light shining through it, I needed a background suggestive of the outside of a church. I considered several options and then remembered the Brick Wall embossing folder I just had to have. A little Tip Top Taupe sponging on the embossed Tip Top Taupe cardstock did the trick. A window box stamped on Soft Suede with Soft Suede ink and the greens stamped  on Mossy Meadow cardstock with Mossy Meadow ink are from the Festive Fireplace stamp set and were cut out using the Festive Fireside and Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies. See what I mean about how everything works together? You can order the supplies I used by clicking on the images below.

Stars, stars, stars!

Are you a person who loves stargazing? Do you know someone you want to recognize as a ‘star’ in your life? Then you will love this card I created for a friend who has won a grant she wrote. This is the third grant in a row she has written.

handmade congratulation card using stars framelits and Lucky Stars embossing folder

The sentiment was created on my computer using the retired MDS software program. I used the greeting “Huge Congrats” from the Watercolor Wishes kit on the inside of the card. Have you tried the thick Whisper White cardstock yet? You really should because it is perfect for card bases. I used it for the card base on this card but used the regular Whisper White for the banner. I think the lighter weight cardstock curls better. I cut the banner using the framelit from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. See…you get a variety of dies with these sets of framelits that can be used in all sorts of projects! They give you so much value for the price.

To order the supplies you need to make this card yourself, just click on the images below.

The Lucky Stars embossing folder and Stars Framelits were on the Weekly Deals a couple of weeks ago. If you are not checking them out each Tuesday, you are really missing out on some great deals. Here are this week’s deals. Click on the image to go to my online store.
Weekly Deals for 9-29-15

Advent Tree Class to Go

Advent tree created with tiny treat boxes

This adorable advent tree created from tiny treat boxes was posted on the Stampin’ Up! corporate blog yesterday. The creator is Allison Okamitzu, one of the 2014 – 2015 Artisan Design Team members.

I am offering a class by mail for this project. The kit will include one package of the tiny treat boxes, 1/2 package of the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper, 1 Hello December 2015 Project Life Accessory Pack (for the date labels – you can use the rest of the package for cards), 2 yards of ribbon, and complete instructions. All you will need to make your tree is hot glue, adhesive, paper trimmer, and a ribbon spool for the base. The price of the kit is $35 which includes flat rate priority shipping.

The supplies will be quite popular now that the tree has been posted and has been shared on Facebook so contact me soon so I can order the supplies for your kit. After the middle of October, they may not be available. Email or call me to order a kit.

12 Weeks of Christmas Gift

Postcard created with MDS

I am about to begin a 12 Weeks of Christmas gift for those subscribing to my mailing list as a special thank you. Each week, my subscribers will receive an e-mail containing a project idea for a holiday card, gift, tag or wrapping, along with the steps necessary to assemble it! But…you must be subscribed to receive these wonderful emails. Fill out the form on the right to get started. Then you will receive an email from me asking you to confirm that you want to subscribe. Be sure to respond to that email to complete your subscription.

Happy Business Woman Day!

I love owning my own paper-crafting business and being a business woman. I have been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for 14 years and yes I have owned my own business for that long. I still get a thrill when I teach a class or workshop for someone. I still get a little excited when I log on to the demonstrator website to get the latest company news, track my monthly sales, or track the progress of an order, and I still get really excited when I gather with fellow demonstrators at Stampin’ Up! sponsored gatherings for demonstrators.

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The term ‘business woman’ most often brings up images of a woman in a suit with a briefcase sitting at a desk in an office or as this woman is doing, having a working lunch. Often, this type business woman works for a corporation where her hours and duties are determined for her.




In contrast, owning my own paper-crafting business gives me:

  • the flexibility to decide for myself how many hours I work each day
  • when I will go to work and when I will have family time
  • the ability to set how much money I earn without having to have someone else’s approval
  • the ability to set my own goals and hold myself accountable for reaching those goals

in other words…being my own boss!

In addition, I get to work with product I love and with others who love being creative. This make work fun!

You to can be a business woman and own your own paper-crafting business for an investment of just $99.¬† I’d love to have you join me as a demonstrator on my team. I will give you superb support as you develop your business. You don’t have to be particularly crafty at first. I will enjoy teaching you (that is what I do best) and helping you develop your crafting skills as well as your business skills. You will also have the support of Stampin’ Up! and all the training available from them.

Does this sound interesting? Contact me for more information or visit my demonstrator website to learn more.

Need a longer Pillow Box?

Christmas pillow bozes using Stampin' Up! Square Pillow Box Dies

My order containing the bundle of the A Little Something Stamp Set (w – 139827, c-139830) and Square Pillow Box Thinlits Dies (139657), bundle (w-140858, c-140859) arrived last night and I couldn’t wait to put my new toys…err…tools to use. I was amazed how quickly this gift wrap went together.

But…what if you need a longer pillow box? You can double the length of the box by folding a piece of cardstock in half (I used a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece) and placing the die on it as shown below. Then cutting it out. You have to make two sides to the box so you repeat the process for the second side. Be careful to place the fold in the exact same place on the die so both halves are the same length. You might want to place a small piece of washi tape on the die marking where the fold should be placed. By placing the fold where I did, you double the length of the box. Placing the fold closer to the cutting end will give you a shorter box but still longer than the original one. I placed a belly band over the fold to conceal it and decorate the box.

I initially put the box together using Tear & Tape Adhesive (a must when building boxes) on the side flaps of the box. However, since the flaps are tapered at the ends,  the seam does not have adhesive at the corners. Then I put the Tear & Tape on the edge of the box and found a part of the adhesive was not covered by the flap. To fix this problem, I just pounced my Embossing Buddy on the sticky part. The powder removed the stickiness and I had a nice seam even in the corners.

Photo showing position of folded cardstock and Square Pillow Box Thinlit Die

A tip we learned at convention is that the ends can be closed and reopened easily if you alternate which end tab is on top like in this photo.

End of Pillow Box demonstrating how to alternate the end tabs

This is definitely a go-to product when you want to quickly create a unique wrap for a small gift. Click on the image below for more details on the products I used and to order them in my online store.